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From: Parthasarati Dileepan (MFPD_at_UTCVM.UTC.EDU)
Date: Wed Dec 06 1995 - 14:46:19 PST

On Wed, 6 Dec 1995 12:56:52 -0800 Mani said:
>I looked at Rahasya Traya Saaram yesterday, and I could not
>find a direct reference to upadesam to either Lakshmi Thaayaar
>or Vishvaksenar. Perhaps Desikar knew of the logical difficulties
>involved and deliberately left it ambiguous!

   This may not have the same authority (Mani ;-)) as
   RTS, but here is verse 3 of Athikaara sangraham of
   Swami Sri Desikan:

   ennuyir thandhaLiththavarai saraNam pukki
     yaanadaivEn avargurukkaL NiraivaNangip
   pinnaruLaal perumboothoor vandha vaLLal
     periyanambi aaLavandhaar maNakkaal nambi
   nanneRiyai avarkkuraiththa uyyakkoNdaar
     naadhamuni satakOpan sEnai naadhan
   innamudhath thirumagaL enRivarai munnittu
     emperumaan thiruvadikaLai adaiginREnE

   Our aachaarya parambarai is listed here as

   The one who gave us our spiritual life (ennuyir thandhu aLiththavar)
   His acharya ancestors (avar gurukkaL niRai)
   Sri Ramanuja (perumboothoor vandha vaLLal)
   periya nambi
   maNakkaal nambi
   sEnai naadhan
   Sri (innamudhath thirumagaL)

   But then this paasuram also does not say that "upadEsam"
   took place from Lord to Thaayaar, it can at best be

   This is an interesting question and I will eagerly look
   for discussion among true scholars in whose group I most
   definetly do not belong.

-- Dileepan